Journey to Easter: Basket tradition

2014-03-15T07:30:00Z Journey to Easter: Basket traditionArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2014 7:30 am  • 

The Easter Bunny legend of an egg-laying rabbit that hid eggs in a garden was first documented in the 1500s, says Discovery News. The Easter Bunny and peripheral tales came to the United States with German immigrants in the 1700s.

Every bunny needs a nest, so the practice of preparing nests for the eggs followed the legend, says Discovery News.

The basket, which also can be a symbol for a tomb, represents the nest, Jeanne Carrigan, a nun with the Sisters of St. Francis, told the Star in 2012.

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